Ulrike Poppe

Ulrike Poppe, born Wick ( born January 26, 1953 in Rostock ) is a civil rights activist and former opposition in the GDR. Since 1 March 2010, she is also the first Brandenburg State Commissioner for working up the consequences of the communist dictatorship. As such, it deals inter alia with the File legacies of the Ministry of State Security.


Poppe was born in Rostock as the daughter of a historian and a Slawistin and grew up in Hohen Neuendorf near Berlin to. She studied art education and history at the Humboldt University in Berlin, she broke off in 1973. After auxiliary activities in a children's home and in the Psychiatric Clinic of the Charité, she worked from 1976 to 1988 as an assistant at the Museum of German History.

In 1980, she opened with like-minded people the first independent Children's Shop in East Berlin and in 1982 was co-founder of the network " Women for Peace ".

Due to their involvement in opposition circles it was occupied by the Ministry for State Security ( Stasi) with decomposition measures. 1983 Ulrike Poppe was arrested along with Bärbel Bohley because of " suspicion of treasonable communication" and taken to the detention center Berlin- Hohenschonhausen. Due to massive protests at home and abroad, but was released after six weeks of detention.

Poppe was since 1985 a member of the Initiative for Peace and Human Rights, 1987/88 Berlin- Brandenburg regional representative on the Continuation Committee of the GDR - wide network of independent groups "Peace concrete" and participated in 1987-1989 in the work group " rejection of practice and principle of demarcation ".

In the same year Ulrike Poppe was a co-founder of the then emerging civil rights movement Democracy Now (DJ ), whose spokesmen they belonged until 1991. On November 26, 1989 Poppe was among the first signatories of the call for our country, who spoke out for an independent socialist GDR and against their appropriation by the Federal Republic. A few days later signed it also Egon Krenz as the representative of the SED. From December 1989 to March 1990 represented Ulrike Poppe at the central round table the DJ, then she worked in the People's Chamber Group " Alliance 90 ".

From 1992 to February 2010 she worked as Director of Studies for Politics and History at the Evangelische Akademie Berlin -Brandenburg and works with the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Research of Germany Ruhr- University Bochum since 2002. In 1999, she was briefly a member of the founding Board of the Green Academy at the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Ulrike Poppe is a member of the Board of Against Forgetting - For Democracy, Member of the Advisory Council Social work-up of the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED dictatorship, as well as on the advisory board of the Memorial Berlin- Hohenschonhausen.

In July 2009, the Brandenburg state parliament decided to establish a representative of the Land Brandenburg to work up the consequences of the communist dictatorship. In this office Ulrike Poppe was the proposal from the state government voted unanimously on 17 December 2009. Their duties include advising people who are affected directly and indirectly by the prosecution during the Soviet occupation zone and the GDR, the mediation of psychosocial care and handling of the documents of the Stasi; further inform the public and advise the public authorities of the country. On 25 February 2010, the Parliament assumed their office to secure him greater independence, directly to the service and legal supervision of the Brandenburg state parliament.

From 1979 to 1997 Ulrike Poppe was married to the GDR civil Gerd Poppe and has with him two children together. Since 2001 she has been married to the political scientist Claus Offe.



  • Ulrike Poppe: Women for Peace. In: Hans -Joachim Veen (ed.): Encyclopedia of opposition and resistance in the SED dictatorship. Propylaea, Berlin / Munich 2000, ISBN 3549071256, pp. 135-137.
  • Ulrike Poppe, Rainer Eckert, Ilko - Sascha Kowalczuk (eds. ): Between self-assertion and adaptation. Forms of resistance and opposition in the GDR. ( = Research on the history of the GDR, 6), Ch Links Verlag, Berlin 1995.